17 January 2012

People who opt to have their noses reshaped tend to look younger after surgery, regardless of their age, researchers have suggested. A study carried out at the University of Toronto in Canada involved 53 men and women between the ages of 15 and 61 who had undergone rhinoplasty operations.A group of 50 untrained volunteers were brought in by the researchers. Half of the group were asked to age the patients after being shown pre-operative pictures and then a month later, asked to age them again based on images taken after their operation. The other half of the group was asked to examine the pictures in reverse order. According to a report by MedPage Today, the researchers found that on average, rhinoplasty patients looked 1.5 years younger following their procedure. Writing in the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr Ali Sepehr said: "To our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate a statistically significant decrease in apparent age after rhinoplasty. This finding [of apparent age reduction] can pleasantly surprise patients presenting for rhinoplasty."